Research Opportunity

Graduate Student Federal Work Study Program


Graduate Studies and the Financial Aid Office are pleased to announce funding for the Graduate Student Federal Work Study Program. Awards of up to $5,000 are available for the 2016-2017 academic year for master's students who are eligible for federal work-study. Graduate students are supervised by graduate program faculty to perform specific research activities that are supported by the departments. The Office of Graduate Studies will provide the 25% match for the federal funds. Approximately $50,000 of work study funds are available. These funds will be awarded to departments to support research, scholarly, and creative activities of faculty and their graduate students. Approval of an application must be obtained by the Department Chair and the Graduate Coordinator.


The program is designed to provide financial support for graduate students. Currently there are limited financial support mechanisms for graduate students.

Specific purposes are:

  • To match qualified master’s students who are eligible for work-study funding with faculty members who have research/creative projects requiring a graduate student assistant
  • To assist with graduate student recruitment and retention
  • To promote meaningful graduate level research and creative activity opportunities for students
  • To support students in their research and creative activities working in cooperation with faculty
  • Eligibility:

    Graduate students must apply for financial aid using the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The FAFSA may provide a work study allocation as part of a financial aid package. The priority deadline for filing the FAFSA is March 2. Students must be enrolled in at least 6 units. New students cannot begin research projects until they have registered for fall 2016 classes. The Financial Aid Office will verify the financial aid eligibility of students. Any approved Federal Work-Study participation cannot begin until after September 1, 2016.